Buffalo Bills Circling the Wagons: Boobie Dixon, Percy Harvin
We are getting closer to the first scrimmage for the Buffalo Bills as well as the first preseason game. August 14th at 7 PM is the first preseason game for the Buffalo Bills when they take on the Carolina Panthers. Will we have a better idea of who the quarterback will be before that game?
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A loaded position on the Buffalo Bills’ roster is one man down. On Wednesday, coach Rex Ryan said running back Boobie Dixon suffered a calf injury in Monday night’s practice. Calling it “substantial,” Ryan indicated Dixon would be out several weeks.
Dixon described the pain in the calf as a “cramp.” He realizes rest is the best remedy, but rest also isn’t easy when his job is at stake.
Manny Lawson back to playing major role on Bills defense
Two seasons ago, Manny Lawson was a huge contributor to the Buffalo Bills defense. The linebacker started all fifteen games he played in, was third on the team with 73 total tackles, and pitched in with four sacks and even an interception. That was in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s hybrid scheme.
Last season, under Jim Schwartz, who used more of a true 4-3 alignment, Lawson found himself strictly as a backup, playing about half as many snaps as he did under Pettine, and clearly not making the same impact. At the end of the season, the reduced role showed up on the stat sheet. The former first-round pick out of North Carolina State had only 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Into the first full week of Training Camp league-wide, with plenty of injuries and news to catch up on, here’s what’s making headlines around the AFC East.
Percy Harvin has made no secret about how comfortable he feels playing for the Buffalo Bills and head coach Rex Ryan.
Prior to his arrival in Buffalo, Harvin had a reputation as a locker room cancer and was even named the NFL’s “most hated player in the locker room” by Sports Illustrated. A lot of that reputation stemmed from his time in Seattle, where he got in a few widely-reported scuffles with teammates, including Doug Baldwin.
Harvin joined the set of ESPN’s “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless at training camp Wednesday and explained what’s been different for him.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus let out a playful giggle, fondly recalling the first time he practiced in pads at training camp as a Buffalo Bills’ rookie.
Lined up across from guard Kraig Urbik in one-on-one drills, Dareus exploded out of his stance and lifted the 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound offensive lineman off his feet before knocking him over — splat! — flat on his back.
“First day. Right here,” Dareus said, a few days into this year’s camp, pointing toward the spot where he made his disruptive debut some four years ago at the Bills facility on the St. John Fisher College campus.
CB – Ross Cockrell
Previous August Birthdays:
QB – Tyrod Taylor
S – Deon Broomfield
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